Tuesday, December 6, 2016

SERIES: the hard to buy for, WHITE LOVER

More gift giving today everyone.

The eternal white lover person. There is that one person in many of our lives that doesn't enjoy colour. Many people find white spaces to be calming. 
Or they like specific colours and you really aren't sure how to fit that in. 
I myself am not necessarily a pure white only in the home lover but I'm definitely pretty specific about what colours I like (ahem...green) so that makes it a little more difficult for some people. A lot of people find neutral spaces restful and since it is their home and you want them to enjoy receiving the gift you lovingly picked out, here's a few ideas.

Miss the ideas for the Decorista? Or the Vintage Lover?

A little list of white items to help you keep getting at that list.

left to right
a]a white tree farm. b]classic glass taper holders c] white candlesticks c] white ceramic fox d] mercury glass votive older e] white scandinavian tree decoration f] canadian made coal and canary candle g] dishwasher microwave safe white or ivory mug set h] cotton branches i] yarn ornaments and decor

these candles are canadian made and feature a wood wick. so it's like giving a little fireplace of the best smells of the season. fresh baking and a fireplace. add coffee and enjoy

this gorgeous ceramic fox just made an appearance in our nursery yesterday but satisfies the white lover, the quirky person, the woodland lover, modern types. so many spots. the texture on the outside is great and it's a simple sleek looking fox without being too kiddish

adding to someone else's christmas decor can be stressful. simple white trees can snug into many places and in multiples make a splendid gift but one tree added to a bottle of wine or even something as simple as a tea towel makes a perfect gift.

maybe your white lover is also a plant lover. birch pots are excellent this time of year as they look festive but can translate to winter and then even summery cottage later on. fill with favourite seasonal plants and voila.

Other simple ideas for the white lover:

white fur pillow

white blanket knit or fur

white poinsettia plant

white ironstone or ceramic pitcher for flowers

white serving tray collection

Have a great day everyone,


What I'm Listening to:

Sleeping on the blacktop: Colter Wall
Run Run Rudolph: She & Him

Monday, December 5, 2016

...and then there were 3. THE NURSERY

The day has finally come where  I got a chance to get the photos of our nursery all finished.
I have never had so many people ask to see a room in our house as this one. Kind of makes me laugh. It's the baby phenomenon!
I am beyond thrilled with how everything turned out. It's not like you really decorate a nursery for the baby as what do they care but it's just a great experience to make a room comfortable for you to spend a lot of time in and bond with the extraordinary human you just brought into the world.

We had to wait a little bit of extra time for that rug to make an appearance as the first one I ordered pulled a no show so I suppose that explains the delay. 

We'll get right into the photos here. If I was a good little blogger I probably had about 4 posts to get out of this with furniture redo's, blinds etc but let's just say I have been a little crunched for time with life, Christmas, pregnancy and having a wonderful little shop to run during the holidays. You'll all forgive today's long post though right?

this room sits directly across from ours upstairs and has never been shared here on the blog as it was exclusively a "pet" room prior to this. it isn't a massive room but location and setup wise it is perfect.

BEFORE! a grass green room with a plant and pet beds.

right after we got the paint colour changed, the floors repainted white [i did this in our spare bedroom as well. the plywood subfloor is smoothed of major defects and painted a bright white. until i make a final decision for both rooms on flooring i love this as my option. i don't like doing things "for now" and really want a white style oak in these rooms but haven't found the right one yet. i love the brightness that the white floors add so this is a compromise that only costs a can of paint]

paint colour: benjamin moore gray mist 
crib: ikea hensvik

i have to tell you. i was not pregnant the first time i saw this sheep print. i carried the cell phone photo around with me for over a year and when it came time to design the room i knew that the 3 sheep in the piece would reflect Trevor, myself and our little girl perfectly. I basically designed the room around this piece and waited 8 weeks for it to be made.

woolly art: oliver and rust
antler print: vol 25 via oliver and rust
kubu basket: oliver and rust
grey tassel blanket: target a few years ago

this room was brought together with a lot of items we already had kicking around. the coat tree lived in our room for my scarves but now keeps receiving blankets handy and i did that little handy diy for my scarves that is so much better for space anyways.
most of the bears and books etc on the shelves were Trevor's and mine from being little ones ourselves that we scooped back from our parents.

i hung these 3 ceramic pods beside the window and filled one with cotton, one with one of my bears as a kid and a eucalyptus plant.
the squirrel obsession was not lost on the nursery as well.

white pods: oliver and rust

to the other side of the room.
for the inevitable long nights we need a good place to sit. this chair and stool was one i spent a lot of time in as a little girl. my parents no longer had space for it with a little remodel of their own and i have always loved it. all the artwork i had in my "storage"
the side table was a hostess gift from good friends of ours last year as a stool. i added a glass top and boom a little table the perfect height for that chair.

chair: vintage
artwork: vintage and sharon montrose
reading lamp: homesense
plants and planters: oliver and rust

the shelves. like i said are a major blend of bears, elephants and books that belonged to the 2 of us as kids. also makes a perfect perch for her essential oil diffuser, the monitor and of course a gigantic xerographica air plant. the sheep sticking our of the basket on the floor was one my grandmother made almost 25 years ago and see that pink bear on the other side. that was mine. i didn't go many places without that bear. it has seen better days but i love that i still have it for her in here.

the wallop of a dresser i refinished at 8 months pregnant. it weighs 8 million pounds of 70's wood and is almost 6 feet long. talk about storage. we had to wrangle a bit of help moving it as painting was one thing but no lifting for this mama at that point.

besides the rug the item i purchased for this room was that blind. it is made out of the same fabric i source for pillows for the shop but i just didn't have the time to make it myself.
i had the wonderful team at tonic living in toronto custom make this blind and it is stellar. their workmanship is just amazing and i couldn't be happier. i wanted something that really stood out on this wall and not just a normal blind as the room is relatively simple. drapes were also not an option because of this being the change table area.

blind: flock fabric custom made tonic living
dresser/change table: olive chalk paint annie sloan by oliver and rust
lamp: vintage, shade: restoration hardware from another lamp
ceramic fox: oliver and rust


Somebody is curious?

So in closing that is the end of the nursery tour. Hope you enjoyed our eclectic space to share with our daughter.

Which brings me to our next little bit.

Emma Lee joined us on December 1, 2016 at 7:51pm at 7 lbs 9.5 oz in a whirl of fury.
I was at 41 weeks and 2 days and getting to be the caged monster trying to take it easy but not being all that good at that. To leave out all the labour details, this mama did the natural route by lack of choice. We were only at the hospital for about 5 hours and our little peanut had already made an appearance.

After the shock, the crying and excitement, listening to her first cries, my amazing husband looked at me and just said it's still December 1st.

Our little girl gets her own special day because in one more day she would have shared her birthday with her parents wedding anniversary.  To say that the man I share my life with is my best friend, support system and all around most amazing person I know is to put it so mildly I cannot even convey. We celebrated 11 years of marriage in the hospital doting on the next adventure in our life.  16 years together and we have done so many things, so many stories, so many experiences and we are beyond thrilled to take a third little person with us on them all now. To raise her and watch her become the woman she will be, will be our greatest adventure and we are overjoyed.

2 hands have become 3!

Have a great day everyone,

As always,


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

SERIES: the hard to buy for; the VINTAGE lover

Hello all!

I am continuing on with our hard to shop for series today. Did you miss our first person to shop for the Decorista? find it HERE. I know a lot of you are waiting on baby news (believe me I am going stir crazy waiting myself), nursery photos and Christmas photos. I'm getting there, promise. I will soon have lots of that to share.

Today's person to shop for is the vintage lover. Now from my perspective this could be the hardest person on your list. Why?

Well usually a vintage lover settles into a certain niche, they collect something really specific and/or it's very hard to know when adding to someone's growing collection if you are duplicating something they already have or vintage is not your niche at all so what if you buy a fake. If you really want to buy the real deal, sometimes you just need to bite the bullet and ask what the person would like, where to find it etc.

While all of the above are great points, keep in mind vintage lovers usually will appreciate vintage and a really good quality reproduction as well especially at this time of year. Especially if they use said vintage to decorate their homes.

for the vintage theme i have gone with a traditional red, green and gold as it will be the most common when purchasing something that is actually vintage

left to right:
a] vintage red cone ornaments b]handmade wooden block decor with vintage santa holiday card motif c] antique brass tray d] reproduction lovely bottle brush tree e] lab beaker f] pewter measuring pitchers g] vintage silver deer h] bottle brush wreath ornament i] handmade pottery mug j] provisions food items k] vintage style role poly santa m] brass candlesticks 

deer are always a big winner this time of year. brass, silver doesn't really matter but adding one that has a bit of history to a collection will usually be much appreciated. vintage lovers also tend to like the "one of" approach so a handmade mug/ set hits those notes as well

artisan food stuffs are also a nice little additive to a gift. if you are adding to someones antique lighter collection or maybe found some really great vintage bottle brush trees but want to add just a little bit more. foodie items can fill in wonderfully and at this time of year will likely get used up quickly.

ah, the bottle brush phenomenon. finding large real ones is getting more and more difficult but some of the reproductions out there like these are sure to still hit the spot.

Other great ideas for the vintage lover gift giving:

cast iron antique tree stand 

vintage wool blanket [make sure there is still a label of origin attached]

antique polish ornaments

vintage santa figurines

package of tinsel [also makes a great gag gift]

Have a great day everyone,


Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Series: the hard to buy for, DECORISTA

I have been told I am hard to buy for. I can see that, I am picky [i know this], half my stuff is vintage, Trevor and I tend to save and buy what we need and I also own a retail store with the things people would have bought previously. So sure I suppose that knowing what to get someone like me can be difficult.

I don't always see it like that as I have so many interests that you kind of just have to nose one of them out and this year, seriously I have been on alcoholic detox for 10 months so just bring on the booze lol. As I sit here patiently waiting for our little one to make an appearance as today officially marks my due date with this little munchkin.

We all have those people in our life that we scratch our heads over what to buy. There are only so many times you can get away with the same sweatshirt or gift card deal and unless that's what they ask for I don't always like just giving a gift card. It doesn't feel thoughtful and like you just grabbed it while doing groceries.

My father in law gives me the cold sweats at this time of year. I think about it all year and sometimes think I have a good plan but here's the issue. His birthday comes 2 weeks after Christmas so it's the double whammy situation. And for all the wonderful points of my husband and his shared love of shopping for home stuff, he stinks at  presents for people other than me. [guess thats not so bad]

Anyways in an effort to ease some pain as people have started mentioning it coming into the shop, I just never know what to buy I thought I would put together a few simple gift guides for Oliver and Rust. 
Different types of people we have in our lives and some simple suggestions to help you through the season. My suggestions obviously come from my shop but many local decor stores will have similar product and if you must a bigger box store will also have ideas similar to these.

I have also found some of the gift guides out there in recent years to be a little bit extravagant. Just me? Love the ideas but I cannot be buying every person on my list a $200 cashmere robe or $175 toaster. I'm not a scrooge by any means, and love the tradition of thinking what to buy, wrapping it nicely and presenting gifts. Some yes more expensive than others but it seems all the gift guides are pushing the $100 per person mark.

I am almost done my shopping this year mainly to ease time once our little girl gets here and managed to do most of it small business which makes me happy. I have found over the years, asking some people what they want and starting early allows less stress on the bank account and more time to enjoy myself especially with the newfound daily life of a shopkeeper during the holidays.

Today's person I have aptly named the "Decorista"
- the person that loves to decorate their home, takes pride in their space but you aren't sure how to fit things into their style

now i have gone with a gold theme here but this could easily be changed to any colour scheme, silver, teal, red depending if you have visited their home before. white, silver and gold are pretty safe bets for your decorating family and friends at this time of year though

left to right;
a] white geometric christmas ornaments, b] simple glass tealight holder, c] mercury glass votive holders, d] mirrored antique star ornament, e] acrylic snowflake various sizes, f] illume winter white candle, g] flocked brown deer decoration, h] glass pinecone ornaments, i] simple geometric pot doubling as a votive holder or plant holder

i hear price ranges all over the map when being asked for help picking out a gift. combining a few smaller items like a votive holder and a few ornaments makes a lovely presentation without breaking the bank. and any tree can have a few odd and end ornaments without being off balance.

a large luxury candle hits a beautiful note especially when in an excellent reusable container such as this one. this metal vessel would be perfect for a small fern or succulent after the fact. need to up the ante? how about a candle and a diffuser especially if your giftee has mentioned loving a certain scent but doesn't want to splurge on themselves. or attach a small gift certificate to a nursery or store like oliver and rust that sells plants with the suggestion of what to do afterwards.

a handsome jar useable in just about any kitchen, bathroom or living space. fill with ornaments for your vintage lover, cookies for the cookie monster (Trevor would love that), slide a book inside, socks (ooh thats me I love socks) the possibilities are endless.

Other great thoughts for the decorating personality,

tea towels for the season in their colour scheme

heritage wool blanket or faux fur blanket to treasure for years to come (black and white is always a good choice if you aren't sure)

holiday pillow

local artisan wood tray, or any style serving tray. us decorators don't just use those for food setup. we'll put a tray under anything

Hopefully this helps get the juices flowing,
Watch out for a few more guides to come in the weeks ahead, as well as our holiday house tour which yes I am still doing this year for the people who have emailed asking.

Have a great day everyone,


Thursday, November 17, 2016

Walking past the gum drops. Christmas shop tour part II

****just a reminder everyone, i took these photos the day after setup. we have since gone through almost 2 weeks of sales and an open house already so many items are sold or have been replaced by new goodies that are still arriving. as much as i would love to keep everything in stock for everyone certain items fly out the door as fast as this lady can find them and or find time to post them.***

To continue our meandering this morning. We are wandering past the pipe shelf and the swirly twirly gum drops to see the festive plantings and more rustic vintage.

a little in love with these lovely wood bird houses and felt birdies. great in a garland this time of year but kind of perfect any time of year if you think about it.

pots? what pots? oh mylanta we have pots. shelves full of them because i have a full blown problem. pot hoarding. little bit of a joke that any new store concept ideas if i need a new name could be called "f**king pots" cause we got 'em

you may notice that this tree in the center of the store is not a traditional red and green. i wanted to do something just a bit different with the vintage indigo blue and copper, plus it also gives a home for some of the xerographica air plants. just don't forget to water them still if you choose this approach.

and lastly another of my favourite items that came into the shop. these cute roly poly santas  came in 2 sizes and the paint is even perfectly chipped in some places making them actually look old.

Have a great day all,


What I'm listening to:

Come back to you: Royal Wood
Conversation Piece: Kings of Leon